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Best Warrior Newlyweds? Ohio couple teams up for Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition

Posted by areadmorton on July 27, 2010

Who says Army training keeps Army families from spending quality time together?  Army Reserve Sgts David and Alicia Rider are making history this week here at Fort McCoy as the first Army Reserve Best Warrior husband/wife competitor/sponsor team. 

Sgt. David W. Rider, healthcare specialist and practical nurse from Bravo Co. 256th Combat Support Hospital, does some last minute studying with his sponsor and wife, Sgt. Alicia Rider, for the NCO Board portion for the U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition NCO, being held at Fort McCoy, Wis., July 26. (Photo by Spc. Erika Montano, Military Intelligence Readiness Command) /RELEASED

Sgt. David W. Rider, healthcare specialist and practical nurse from Bravo Co. 256th Combat Support Hospital, does some last minute studying with his sponsor and wife, Sgt. Alicia Rider, for the NCO Board portion for the U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition NCO, being held at Fort McCoy, Wis., July 26. (Photo by Spc. Erika Montano, Military Intelligence Readiness Command) /RELEASED

“Preparing for this was harder than preparing our wedding because when he goes out to complete I can only support him.  I can’t ruck march for him and I can’t help him run two seconds faster,” said Alicia, who is a healthcare specialist assigned to the 371st Minimal Care Detachment in Twinsburg, Ohio. 

As David prepared to embark on his night land nav at 3am this morning he talked about his preperation and training.  One thing is certain, he could not imagine having a better sponsor. 

“I have a lot of respect and admiration for her,” he said after leaving the boardroom. “It makes me very happy to have her as my sponsor.” 

The hardest thing they did leading up to the competition?  Perhaps finding the date for their wedding, which they moved a couple of times before marrying on June 3rd of this year.   It’s no wonder considering that both are also attending college to earn Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing. 

These Soldiers and newlyweds share a lot to be sure and over the next few days that could include the title of Best Warrior team for the Army Reserve.

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